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Call it luck of the draw, or just plain good timing, but the city of Detroit Lakes is getting some help with funding for the work it's doing on its holding ponds. Through a state grant disbursed through Becker Soil & Water District, the city will receive 75 percent of its funds after completing multiple holding ponds around Detroit Lakes.
Yes, the ice is finally off the lake, but competitors in the June 7-8 Quake the Lakes may want to consider wearing wetsuits to stay warm. "If the crash doesn't get you, the hypothermia will," race director Ross Rolshoven joked. In its second year, Rolshoven is bringing back the entertaining boat races after about 3,000 people turned out last year for the two-day event. "Pretty much the whole beach was filled and then there were pontoons and boats that tied off next to each other off the course," he said of last year's turn out. This year the same eight classes of boat races will be fea
Answering the call to serve their country, five brothers served in World War II together. This Memorial Day is a day to honor the Martin brothers and other servicemen and women who have served or are serving in the military. Jeanne Teiken, Detroit Lakes, said her father, Bernard, and four uncles from Callaway all dealt with their time in the war differently, but it affected all of them. All five gone now, she said her father used to tell stories of his time in the war, but her uncle Lloyd (Gene) never talked about it. He was at Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred.
The Minnesota Legislature is out of session and politicians are happy to get out and talk about what was achieved and what should have been achieved. All are happy there was no special session this year, though. "We wrapped up on time, but there were tough discussions at the end last week," Sen. Joe Gimse of Willmar (R-District 13) said last week as he traveled through Detroit Lakes with Sen. Betsy Wergin of Princeton (R-District 16). Sen.
With a little help from her grandparents, teacher and community, sixth grader Anya Butzer is making a difference. When Anya's mom, Jane, noticed Anya's teacher, Linda Mickelson, was also collecting pop can tops, she mentioned it to Anya, and the Detroit Lakes girl took it from there. Anya looked up information on the Internet -- how the Ronald McDonald House program worked and what she could do. She also called the charity directly and was mailed 20 houses to set out around Detroit Lakes for pop-top collections.
Awaiting the call of their fourth grandchild to be born, Dean and Kathy Rogers know just how important it is to savor and appreciate each day. After suffering a heart attack in August of 2006, doctors found Dean's kidneys were not working properly and he needed a transplant. While other dates of heart attacks and dialysis may be months and years, ask him when he got his transplant and Dean, 60, has no problem remembering Oct.
Surrounded by some dreary, windy, chilly weather, the sun decided to shine on Detroit Lakes Wednesday -- the perfect time for Capital for a Day festivities. "It was really a fabulous day," organizer Amy Stearns said Friday after all the festivities had settled. "It was really a great opportunity to get a whole variety of people together to celebrate Detroit Lakes and showcase our community to the broader state." The day kicked off with coffee and a visit from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau and other dignitaries and representatives.
Birders winged on over to Detroit Lakes Thursday for the kick-off of the 11th annual Festival of Birds. Through different workshops and fieldtrips Thursday-Sunday, beginners and experienced bird-watchers had the opportunity to meet one another and hopefully check off some of those must-see birds. Each year a theme bird is chosen, and this year it was the Connecticut Warbler.
Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is the best. Best in the District, that is. The service club was recently awarded the prestigious "Best in District" award at a convention in Dickinson, N.D. The district includes all of North Dakota, upper Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Canada. "The club has grown so much in the last four years," Club President Tera Guetter said. "We've grown tremendously." As proof of the club's growth, in 2003, the Breakfast Rotary Club was awarded the same title in the "50 members and less" category.
Now that the Detroit Lakes Area chapter of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors has established itself, organizers are looking for funds to pay for the pontoon, fishing gear and other supplies needed for the first year of operation. The pontoon is here and was on display during the Capital for a Day celebration and will also make an appearance at the upcoming Street Faire at the Lakes, May 31-June 1.